Types of Child Care

Anyone providing care and supervision for four (4) or more children, under age 7 years, for less than 24 hours a day must be certified/licensed by the Department of Children and Families.

Family Child Care

Family child care providers offer care for children in their home. There are two types of regulation for family child care providers:

Provisional & Regular Certified Family Child Care

May care for up to 6 children (actual number will depend on the number of children under age 2).

Licensed Family Child Care

May care for up to 8 children (actual number will depend on the number of children under age 2).

Licensed Child Care Centers

Licensed child care centers care for nine or more children in a group setting located somewhere other than a residence and may be small or large in size.